27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees lift up global voices

This year, several GLAAD Media Awards nominees addressed efforts to bring equality to LGBT people in other parts of the world.

In film and TV, Netflix's Sense8 includes a gay Mexican actor struggling with being closeted in Mexico City, while Strand Releasing's documentary, Mala Mala, takes a look at Puerto Rico's transgender and gender nonconforming communities.

LGBT equality abroad was also taken up in several exceptional articles this year. Newsweek's Oscar Lopez reported on the tension between Brazil's huge gay pride parades and the high levels of violence towards LGBT people in Brazil in his article, "Behind Brazil's Gay Pride Parades, a Struggle with Homophobic Violence". On Vice.com, Meredith Talusan also wrote about violence toward LGBT people in "How the Killing of a Trans Filipina Woman Ignited an International Incident". Learn more about the U.S. Marine convicted of killing a trans Filipina woman. 

Also in the news, Essence Magazine's Linda Villarosa reported on activists working towards acceptance of LGBT people in Africa in her article, "PRIDE & Prejudice." She addressed the anti-LGBT policies in Nigeria and Uganda and the danger LGBT people and activists face every day, an issue also taken up by Buzzfeed.com's J. Lester Feder. He reported on the state of LGBT people in Syria and their experiences as refugees in Turkey in his article, "This Is What It's Like To Be An LGBT Syrian Fleeing For Your Life".

For a complete list of nominees, click here.

GLAAD is dedicated to building support for LGBT equality across the globe. Through the Global Voices initiative, GLAAD aims to build LGBT acceptance by partnering with local organizations and sharing stories of LGBT people and their families. Among other accomplishments, GLAAD has been able to partner with Nigerian advocates to release groundbreaking public poll results. Learn more about GLAAD's Global Voices initiative.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories from the LGBT community and issues that build support for equality.

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 2, 2016 at The Beverly Hilton and in New York on May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Find out how you can buy tickets or host a table here.

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